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Anita Pointer

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Soul and R&B singer/songwriter Anita Marie Pointer was born on January 28, 1948 in Oakland, California. She's the second eldest member of the extremely popular and successful soul/R&B group The Pointer Sisters. Anita got married at age 17. In 1969 she quit her job as a secretary at a legal office in order to pursue a professional singing career. In 1972 she joined her siblings Ruth and Bonnie as a member of The Pointer Sisters. Anita has co-written many songs for The Pointer Sisters (said songs include the Grammy Award-winning breakthrough 1974 hit "Fairytale" and the rousing smash "I'm So Excited"). Moreover, Anita wrote the song "Step by Step" for smooth jazz musician Jeff Lorber. "Too Many Times," her duet with country singer Earl Thomas Conley, peaked at #2 on the country charts in 1986. In 1987 Anita released the solo album "Love For What It Is;" the song "Overnight Success" reached #41 on the R&B charts. Anita was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2003 Anita tragically lost her only daughter Jada to cancer (Jada was the subject of the 1975 song by The Pointer Sisters of the same name). In 2005 Anita recorded the song "Take Me Home" for an all-star tribute to Cher on Cleopatra Records. Besides singing and writing songs, Anita is also a painter and a collector of black memorabilia. Anita Baker still continues to sing with The Pointer Sisters along with her sister Ruth and Ruth's daughter Issa.

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